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MickeyAz
Cave Creek, AZ

July 17, 2012
4:02 PM

Post #9209317

Who was growing a rangoon creeper in the South West? I'm getting tons of leaves but no blooms.
Mickey
Valsflowers
Litchfield Park, AZ

July 18, 2012
7:28 AM

Post #9210000

Not me but it looks like a pretty cool vine. I hope it blooms for you soon.
lonediver
Maricopa, AZ
(Zone 9b)

July 18, 2012
9:21 AM

Post #9210127

Check your soil , that seems to be an acid loving plant . Most Arizona soils tend to be akaline , . According to D.G.'s guides it's preferred Ph range is ;

Soil pH requirements:
5.1 to 5.5 (strongly acidic)
5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

Soil ranges not often found in Aridzona .Dispersul (or it's sulphur equivelent would be a good soil amendment likely for that plant)
MickeyAz
Cave Creek, AZ

July 18, 2012
11:29 AM

Post #9210276

I check the soil. I bought a single about a month ago and it had a bloom. All I seem to be able to grow are nice leaves. My new single is starting to be a monster. I got 2 small plants too. i put them both in a one gallon plant so they would be full. They came in 4" pots. My double is a monster and it must be it's 3rd summer by now.
Mickey
Desertdenial5
Tolleson, AZ
(Zone 9a)

September 28, 2012
7:12 PM

Post #9289416

This vine is the monster but it took mine about 3 years before it bloomed much. This is the third year and has been non stop blooming since early summer. It is in full bloom right now.
MickeyAz
Cave Creek, AZ

October 3, 2012
9:46 PM

Post #9295348

Desertdenial5,
Ok how the heck did you get it to bloom? What are you feeding it and is it is full sun? Mine has to be a lsdt 3 years old and is a monster of leaves, I have it here in Cave Creek were it can gert very cold in the winter so I bring the pot in the winter.
I even bought another single tht came with a bloom so I know they can bloom but I don't know what I am doing wrong.HELP!!!
Thanks,
Mickey
Desertdenial5
Tolleson, AZ
(Zone 9a)

October 5, 2012
7:38 AM

Post #9296490

Hi Mickey,
Mine Is planted in the ground and although it dies back almost all the way every winter I think that is okay because I believe it blooms on new growth. I'm trying to decide if I like it's fragrance because it's so overwhelming with all the Blooms right now.
I just planted a double in the ground right next to it.
Birdlady_Susie
Mesa, AZ

October 5, 2012
11:39 AM

Post #9296680

Marie- do you use any kind of fertilizer on it?
Desertdenial5
Tolleson, AZ
(Zone 9a)

October 6, 2012
7:12 AM

Post #9297364

Me fertilizer? Nah that is one of I really stink at, I can never remember to fertilize anything...
MickeyAz
Cave Creek, AZ

October 14, 2012
3:23 PM

Post #9305039

Marie,
It's not fair!!! You say the blooms come off the new growth? I may just trim the monsters. What are your temps? Perhaps it has just been to hot. How cold do you get in the winter? It may be too cold to put in the ground here in Cave Creek for me.
Were did you buy yours?
Mickey
MickeyAz
Cave Creek, AZ

October 17, 2012
10:12 PM

Post #9308556

I went and moved my plants to a more sunny area as the sun in moving. I noticed one lone bloom. I hope I get more. Next year I am putting the plants in bright sun for sure.
Mickey
Desertdenial5
Tolleson, AZ
(Zone 9a)

October 20, 2012
7:29 PM

Post #9310921

Mickey they will probably explode next year that's exactly what mine did! I had a couple of blooms last year.
MickeyAz
Cave Creek, AZ

October 21, 2012
10:44 AM

Post #9311306

I moved them more in to the sun and I saw one lonely bloom on my single rangoon creeper! Now I can't find it any more since I moved it but perhaps I might get a few this year or I know for next year to put them in the full sun much sooner.
Mickey
Cave Crek
MickeyAz
Cave Creek, AZ

November 5, 2012
11:37 AM

Post #9325411

Yea!!!! I finally got my Rangoon Creeper to bloom. It s in a pot and needs to be moved up to a larger pot but I hope I can make it through the winter.
I moved the pot to get as much sun as I could give it and the animals still be kept away and feed it more. I also keeps better tabs if it need to have more water.
I'll post photos later.
Mickey
Valsflowers
Litchfield Park, AZ

November 7, 2012
6:42 AM

Post #9326810

Congratulations Mickey. Sometimes the hardest ones to get to bloom are the ones we enjoy the most.
MickeyAz
Cave Creek, AZ

November 7, 2012
2:07 PM

Post #9327187

Now if I can just figure out how to get some cuttings to root from the Rangoon Creeper.

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Birdlady_Susie
Mesa, AZ

November 7, 2012
2:51 PM

Post #9327221

Lovely pictures! Glad you finally got to enjoy the 'flower' of your labors... at long last.

Susie
MickeyAz
Cave Creek, AZ

November 8, 2012
7:49 PM

Post #9328454

Susie,
I hope that it keep blooming but with cold weather coming I had to bring it inside. The pot was cracked so I put it into a larger pot, it was pretty root bound. I was surprised how much root growth there was. Now it's in it's new home with a grow light and somewhere I read they like chicken manure.
Now I have to try hunting up chicken manure...
Mickey
Valsflowers
Litchfield Park, AZ

November 9, 2012
6:00 AM

Post #9328641

Mickey, Summerwinds sells chicken manuare.
MickeyAz
Cave Creek, AZ

November 9, 2012
9:18 AM

Post #9328843

Valsflowers,
Thank you for the tip. They aren't that far from were Iive. I love that place. I still have plants to try and find a place for in the house before it gets cold too.
Mickey
Desertdenial5
Tolleson, AZ
(Zone 9a)

November 9, 2012
10:20 PM

Post #9329422

Mickey congratulations! I imagine mine will be biting the dust within the next 2 weeks I usually have my first freeze on Thanksgiving.
MickeyAz
Cave Creek, AZ

November 9, 2012
10:31 PM

Post #9329426

Desertdentila5,
Hi, did you RC bloom and does it come back in the spring? Its smells wonderful! I hope keep it growing with my grow lights over the winter.
Mickey

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